Odisha Conducts Over 50K COVID-19 Tests for Sixth Consecutive Day

Bhubaneswar: Odisha has tested over 50,000 samples for the sixth consecutive day for the detection of coronavirus in the State. 

According to the Health and Family Welfare Department, the State has conducted 56,479 tests, including 44,950 antigen tests, 11,358 RTPCR tests and 171 truenat tests in the last 24 hours.

While Ganjam recorded more than 8000 tests, Mayurbhanj conducted 3383 tests. Likewise Cuttack, Kendrapada, Keonjhar and Sundargarh have also increased the number of tests substantially.

As announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ramp up Covid-19 testing, the State is conducting over 50k tests daily and is targeting to increase it to one lakh tests.

Odisha has emerged as the top six States in India as far as best performing States in COVID positivity rate is concerned, leaving national average and other States far behind.

In its latest report on Thursday, the Ministry of Health said that Odisha at 6.00 Positivity Rate is performing much better than the National average which is at 8.69.

Odisha is performing much better than large States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bihar, Assam and Gujarat.

Positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for the COVID virus of those overall who have been tested.

The lower the Positivity rate is better. It means as more and more testing is being conducted by Odisha with tests crossing 50,000 mark per day, the lesser number of people being tested COVID positive is the hallmark of a good performing State.

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